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New York Times lists Da Nang as top tourist destination

Marble mountains, tranquil beaches and authentic Vietnamese dishes continue to bring Vietnam's central coastal city of Da Nang international praise.

Da Nang came in 43rd on the New York Times' “52 places to go in 2015."

“For the last couple of decades, Da Nang, on the central coast of Vietnam, has been the place travelers flew into to get to historic Hoi An, a UNESCO-protected but tourist-swarmed neighbor 20 miles to the south,” the newspaper said.

“But this city of almost a million people has become a worthy destination in its own right. After an airport expansion in 2011, resorts began popping up along the coast,” it continued.

The newspaper called the town's long, sandy beaches and kiosks selling banh misandwiches overflowing with pork and pickled papaya and fresh herbs “Da Nang’s charms”.

The central city took the top spot on TripAdvisor's "Destinations on the Rise" awards last year.

The travel site recommends tourists “taste [their] way through the streets on a walking or biking culinary tour” and “work off those bowls of spicy noodle soup with an exploration of the caves and grottoes of the Marble Mountains.”